Model and Full-Scale Wind Tunnel Tests of Second-Generation Aerodynamic Fuel Saving Devices for Tractor-Trailers 2005-01-3512
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is commencing a new round of aerodynamic development of heavy trucks in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). The program is meant to take second-generation, add-on technology from the wind tunnel to the fleet. The purpose is to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The benefit is that the fuel reductions pay the operators to improve their vehicle emissions. 1:10-scale model tests in the NRC 2m × 3m wind tunnel, followed by full-scale tests on a Navistar 9200 Day Cab with 40-foot trailer in the NRC 9m × 9m wind tunnel, were employed to develop the add-on devices of interest. The results demonstrated significant fuel savings from a combination of longer cab extenders, trailer skirts and trailer boat-tails that reduced fuel consumption as much as the contemporary aerodynamic cab packages.